Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said the fear of losing land and jobs among people of Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 provisions should be allayed and asserted that putting an end to the region’s special status will help integrate Kashmiris with rest of the country.
While interacting with journalists representing foreign media on Tuesday, Bhagwat claimed that Kashmiris were earlier “alienated" but the repeal of the provisions of Article 370 will remove the barriers that existed between them and the rest of the nation.
“This interaction was part of the continuous process where the ‘Sarsanghchalak’ (chief) engages in constructive dialogue with people from different walks of the society," said a statement issued by the RSS.
About apprehensions of Kashmiris that the move on Article 370 will lead to “outsiders" buying their land, Bhagwat is learnt to have said, “Whatever fears they have about losing land and jobs should be allayed."
On the issue of National Register of Citizens in Assam, he said it’s not about expelling people but about identifying the citizens.
“There is no place for Hindus in the world except India," a PTI report quoting him as saying.
Asked about homosexuality, an issue on which the view of the Hindutva organization has evolved over time, Bhagwat said it’s a “variation" and not an “abnormality".
“They should be treated as equal human beings and integrated into society," the RSS chief said.
About incidents of mob lynching, Bhagwat said the RSS condemns all forms of violence and its volunteers should try to stop such incidents. “If a swayamsevak is found guilty, we will disown him and law should follow its own course," he said.
Bhagwat, under whose stewardship the RSS has opened up comparatively, also told foreign journalists that his organization will never be a political body and “the Hindutva it espouses is about unity in diversity".